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HOw do you wrap handlebars?(5 posts)

HOw do you wrap handlebars?YoungRcR
Mar 12, 2001 7:51 AM
Does anyone have a detailed description of how to wrap a set of handlebars?
Off the FrontPsyDoc
Mar 12, 2001 9:52 AM
Off the Front has fairly detailed instructions that can be found at:

There is also another site off of "eHow" available at:,1053,2767,00.html They also have advice on how to ride in a paceline, etc. in their "solo sports" section:,1004,1074,00.html

Other than these sites, I would suggest doing a Lycos or Yahoo search on "Wrapping Handlebar Tape" or some other related search term(s).
Mar 12, 2001 1:39 PM
You go around the bars. It helps if you start at one end and not the middle.
problem i faced was how to start at the bar endsHaiku d'état
Mar 12, 2001 1:49 PM
i've done this many times now, and typically like to overlap the first wrap so it can be tucked into the end of the bar and stopped with the bar plug. other than that, it's just a matter of doing it. be sure to watch how they were wrapped when you remove the current tape. that's a good way to learn.
How to wrap like a proBipedZed
Mar 12, 2001 5:03 PM
Nothing says amateur mechanic like sloppy bar wrap. While it's easy to just haphazardly wrap the bar, there are some tricks to make it look professional and clean as well as keeping the tape from gapping. Keep in mind that many mechanics have their own ways of wrapping tape. This is my method.

You'll need tape, scissors, and electrical tape. I use Cinelli Cork exclusively.

1. Roll the hoods up off the bar. Make sure the cable housings are positioned and taped down with electrical tape.

2. Starting with the right side, start at the bar end. Leave enough tape so that you can tuck it into the ends with the bar plugs. Make sure you wrap so that the tape comes up over the bar towards the outside (away from the bike). This is so when your hands are in the drops the natural motion will tighten the tape.

3. Overlapping by about 1/3, keep the tape taught and wrap towards the lever. I don't use the extra bar tape strips. Instead wrap in a figure eight pattern around the lever. Make sure that both sides of the lever are covered and as you are wrapping past the lever that the tape comes up over the bar away from the rider (again away from the bike). At this point I switch to standing in front of the bike and the tape should be wrapping over the bars towards you.

4. Continue wrapping paying attention to the length as you approach the bar top. On 42cm c-c bars I usually end up with 4" extra bar tape. The tape will be coming over the top of the bar towards you diagonally. Decide where you want the tape to end when you are all done wrapping - usually at the start of the bulge.

5. Finishing the wrap. This is the step that separates the hacks from the pros. You want to finish the bar tape so that it is flush and even with the bulge in the bar. As you make the final wrap and come up over the bar you will need to make a cut parallel to the bulge, perpendicular to the bar. This will give you a tape end shaped like a sharp dagger, tapering to a point. The cut itself is usually about 3-4" long. This may seem confusing but it's very important. Here it is again - as the tape comes diagonally over the end point you will need to cut away the right side of the tape keeping your scissors perpendicular to the bar. This will leave the tape cut parallel to the bulge. Finish the wrap so that the tape appears to blend into itself and remain consistent in diameter. Apply electrical tape to hold it in place. If you finished it correctly, the electrical tape should be completely flat around the bar. You could even use contrasting colored electrical tape underneath the Cinelli finishing tape for that ultra custom look. (Like USPS does).

6. Insert the bar end plugs taking up the extra tape you left at the ends. Roll down the hoods.

7. Repeat on the left side. Remember that the bar tape should be wrapping over the bars away from the bike both in the drops and on the tops.

This will make sense once you try it. It may take a few times to totally get the hang of it, but once you do, your bars will look very pro.

Hope this helps.